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    2009 Chevy Medium Duty 4x4 Kodiak Ambulance conversion

    Table Version 2.0 Table 1.0 wasn’t the best. With opposing drawer glides the versatility was great but the stability wasn’t. I never liked the original top either. The wood didn’t match anything in the camper and the finish was sub par. For the new one we tapped holes in an aluminum base...
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    2009 Chevy Medium Duty 4x4 Kodiak Ambulance conversion

    Espar Heater Install I put the espar under the dinette bench. There was some wasted space there that matched the loaf of bread sized heater. I wanted to make some changes to the dinette anyway so I ripped things apart. I saw a blog once where some brilliant dude ran the heater through a...
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    2009 Chevy Medium Duty 4x4 Kodiak Ambulance conversion

    Hey guys. Maybe you know how it is. You get to a certain point on the build where it works well enough and you're sick of working on it so off you go. I've been in the truck full time since the last post. Most of my time has been spent traveling and enjoying however I did take some time for...
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    2009 Chevy Medium Duty 4x4 Kodiak Ambulance conversion

    Looks like I left this thread with a bit of a negative vibe. Here to fix that now. All is well with the truck. I'm down in Baja since mid January and the new camper is performing very well. The tires and wheels have had zero issues since the work mentioned above. I'm able to park where I...
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    New GM Medium Duty trucks. available with 4x4.

    Throwing out a picture of what I did. There are a few of us out there now with this platform and an ambulance box. Yep, the front still rides like it has square wheels. Trying to decide to fix that with air bags or deaver springs. I see it's an old thread but thought some of you might like...
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    Hello. I got your name from Jim in Washington. He said we all have the same trucks and you...

    Hello. I got your name from Jim in Washington. He said we all have the same trucks and you converted your front to air suspension. I'd love to hear how it's working out assuming you are the correct person. Worth a try, Tom.
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    Composting Toilet Tips and Tricks

    Agreed, as long as the liquids and solids don't mix it seems to work with many materials. I've tried wood shavings like they put in rabbit cages and that didn't work at all. I wasn't able to turn the handle very well because of the coarse material. I was in Mexico once and used powdered...
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    Composting Toilet Tips and Tricks

    At risk of being known as "that toilet guy". I thought I might share some of the pointers I've learned using the composting toilet for many years. My original review on the portal is here but the pictures are missing for some reason. You can see the whole story with pictures on my blog...
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    2009 Chevy Medium Duty 4x4 Kodiak Ambulance conversion

    Thanks for the kind words Jim. I certainly had my moments when I was in the thick of it. I thought the exact same thing with the centramatics on the rear. I would have put them on the outside if I could get by the valve stem and didn't think they would deform with lug pressures. At least...
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    2009 Chevy Medium Duty 4x4 Kodiak Ambulance conversion

    Not sure where the inserts were made. One wheel guy told me they were the less desireable PPE?? kind which expand with heat but I don't know. Thanks for the comment, I'll be very patient before I mess with the wheels again. So much work.
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    2009 Chevy Medium Duty 4x4 Kodiak Ambulance conversion

    I'm really hoping for good things at this point. I drove it 20 miles yesterday and wasn't astounded. Need to give it time for the rotated tires to settle and get my pressures set before saying much. Does seem like a step in the right direction so far.
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    2009 Chevy Medium Duty 4x4 Kodiak Ambulance conversion

    While we are on the subject of wheels lets talk about balance, or the lack of it. Keep in mind the truck drives fine, it's not terrible by any means. I just have a hard time with it not being the best it can be. I've read a lot about balance beads lately and not once have I come across...
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    2009 Chevy Medium Duty 4x4 Kodiak Ambulance conversion

    Hey guys. I've been back in AZ for a month now. I've been wanting to update this thread but have had more pressing duties online to deal with like figuring out the tire balancing, seat cushions, and a heater. First I'd better get into some detail regarding the wheel drama I've gone through...
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    2009 Chevy Medium Duty 4x4 Kodiak Ambulance conversion

    Big updates coming. I'm about to head into the boonies for a 5 day bike packing trip. When I get back I'll have time to update this build and bring in some serious wheel drama. For now all is going well and the truck is working great. Currently near Bend, OR.
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    2009 Chevy Medium Duty 4x4 Kodiak Ambulance conversion

    Ok, who's the expert out there on these ambulance air systems. Maybe someone can save me a couple hours hunting for wires. Since I've got the ambulance electrical system running all the time now the compressor comes on at odd hours when the sensor detects low pressure. Not good when you are...
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